In the United States, one in eight children lives with food insecurity, and 45 percent of children qualify for free and reduced lunches at school due to household income. Fortunately, there is a non-profit organization, GENYOUth, which is working hard to help create healthier school communities across the country. And helping to lead that charge is Perrysburg resident Ann Marie Krautheim, who was recently appointed CEO of the organization.
GENYOUth was founded in 2010 by America’s dairy farmers and the National Football League to develop public and private partnerships in order to provide grants, allowing for more accessible healthy lunches in America’s schools. Additionally, the organization focuses on getting students active before, after, and during school.
Since the organization was founded, GENYOUth has seen many successes including their flagship program Fuel Up to Play 60 which is a nutrition and physical activity program taking place in over 73,000 schools. Additionally, GENYOUth’s NFL FLAG-In-Schools has become the fastest growing youth sport in the United States, and in the public school system, GENYOUth provides grants for grab-and-go breakfast equipment to allow students the benefit of breakfast at school.
Ann Marie Krautheim named CEO
Recently, GENYOUth has seen a change in its CEO position when Ann Marie Krautheim was appointed. Krautheim is a Perrysburg resident, graduate of The Ohio State University, mother of two, and registered dietician serving the area. She explained “My background as an RD [registered dietician] has also informed my belief that every child deserves not just food security, but nutrition security – the ability to access and enjoy foods that are nutritionally beneficial.”
While she is new to the role of CEO for GENYOUth, she has been working with the organization for over ten years as the President and Chief Wellness Officer, and she has been able to watch the organization grow from a start-up to a leading nonprofit. Her involvement in improving youth health and wellness has been her passion prior to GENYOUth’s inception.
She previously served as Senior Vice President for Nutrition Affairs at the National Dairy Council where she worked to educate and partner with leaders in various fields to improve the health and wellness for children. Additionally she worked as the Director of Nutrition Education and Communication for American Dairy Association MidEast where she helped promote the positive works of America’s dairy farmers.
And along with her responsibilities as CEO of GENYOUth, she still finds time to give back to the community and currently serves on the YMCA Storer Camps Advisory Board.
The Future of GENYOUth
Krautheim stated, “We have made amazing strides over the past decade, but we are only just getting started. Millions of children are waking up hungry each day. The crisis in physical activity continues to worsen – especially among girls.”
GENYOUth’s newest program, Root4Her, is focused on providing support and funds to empower girls to be physically active.
As for Krautheim, her plan as CEO is to “be a leader in championing innovative strategies, partnerships, and programs to help schools strengthen our kids’ health and well-being” and to continue welcoming other purpose-minded organizations to join GENYOUth’s cause to
help the wellness of the children in America.
If you’re interested in learning more about
GENYOUth, or making a donation, please visit GENYOUthNow.org.